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Ships leave Ukrainian ports despite Russia’s suspension of grain deal

Ships leaving Ukrainian ports used to illustrate story [Photo Credit: Daily Sabah]

Several freighters left ports on the Ukrainian Black Sea coast on Monday despite Russia’s decision to cancel an agreement allowing exports of grain.

According to the United Nations, these include the freighter African Robin loaded with wheat, the SK Friendship loaded with soybeans and the Sealock carrying peas.

The UN said that the ships had left Ukrainian waters on Sunday for the Black Sea corridor protected by the agreement together with three other freighters.

The Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry said a ship called the Ikaria Angel, sailing on behalf of the UN World Food Programme, departed with a cargo of 40,000 tons of grain for Ethiopia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country would continue its efforts to import grains from Ukraine.

According to a plan by delegations from the UN, 16 more ships from Ukraine and Turkey were to set off through the corridor on Monday, with Russia having been informed.

(dpa/NAN)

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